Same-meaning sets

I've been thinking about sets of names that have the same meaning in different languages.  For example:


Star, Stella, Estelle, Esther(?), Seren


Jonah, Jemima, Colm, Callum, Columba, Paloma


Bert, Bertha, Cla(i)re, Clara, Chiara, Bianca, Gwen, Gwyn, Fionn (you can see from my name that I didn't have to look too far for this one!)

Can you add to any of these?  What other sets can you think of?  Do you think they could work in real life?


By Jill
April 21, 2012 12:48 PM

How about Pearl and Margaret? 

To go with white/light, I tried to come up with dark names, but they mostly sound like Hunger Games characters: 

Raven, Pitch, Sable

April 21, 2012 10:52 PM

Jet, Ebony, Corwin (raven), Melanie (French? - black), Leila (Arabic - night), Douglas (derived from Dubh/Douv/Duff - means dark),  Orpheus (deprived of light, or darkness, depending on how you base it), Morris/Maurice (from Moor - dark-skinned),  Ciara/Cieran (Irish - dark (usually meaning hair), Efah (Hebrew - gloomy),

April 21, 2012 2:37 PM

How about names coming from "Lion"?

I can think of a few, but I'm sure that there are more.

  • Ari/Ariyeh/Ariel
  • Leo/Leonard/Levon/Leon/Leonie 
  • Lev
April 22, 2012 9:15 AM

from Light, Clair and Robert have the same name meaning and Ziva-brilliant light, radiance

April 22, 2012 8:25 PM

Arslan is Turkish for lion, isn't it? It's where Aslan (Narnia) got his name...

By ozy
May 4, 2012 10:46 PM

I think Leander is related to lion

By Guest (not verified)
April 25, 2012 1:47 PM

Lots of cultures have names that mean gift, usually gift from God:


Dorothy, Dorit



Matthew, Matthias

I'm sure there are others...

April 25, 2012 7:47 PM

Good point - it brings to mind Anglo-Saxon names with -gifu (Latinised -giva) like Eadgifu, Aelfgifu etc.

May 20, 2012 11:25 PM

This thread is kind of old, but some discussion on the dilemma board reminded me of Caroline/Charlotte.

August 2, 2012 11:01 PM

Light: Lucia, Eleanor, Blake, Elaine, Chiara, Clarence, Phoebe, Blanche, Bertha, Gwen, Jennifer, Lucas, Abner, Alena, Eliora, Lux, Nellie, Tasia, Twyla, Uriah

Life: Zoe, Eve, Vivienne, Omar, Chaim, Vito, Zoltan

Healer: Jason, Raphael, Slaine

August 3, 2012 9:59 AM

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the connection between Slaine and "healer"? To me it connotes death ("He slayed the dragon.")

August 4, 2012 3:58 PM

What's your reason for grouping Zoltan under the "life" names? To the best of my knowledge, it's a form of the word sultan, and thus basically means "ruler, prince."

By Guest (not verified)
August 6, 2012 8:06 PM

You can add Csilla to the list of names that mean "star".


August 21, 2012 2:22 AM

Pertaining to facial hair: Julius, Julian and other derivatives, Barbara (foreigners called barbarians due to their beards). 

Youth: Sonny, Julian & co, Dorian, maybe Cyrus (either "young" or "far-sighted"), Talitha, maybe Fantine (if you think Hugo coined it from enfant)... then added to by help of - Mladen, Anuj and Nuka (younger sibling), Otgonbayar (youngest joy), Berna, Bala.

Pet names for the above sibset: Giles (young goat!), Ceren (young gazelle!), Cailean (young dog!), Bakr (young camel!)

And a lack of youth: Alter.